The course for girls from Garam, Gyedna und Azhin Khasa, offered by the sisters in Garam, ended with graduation on December 3, 2011. 20 of the girls succeeded in coming regularly on Saturdays. They learnt about hygiene, the functions of the body, the role and dignity of women and a value system as a support in our lives. They also had instruction and practical exercises in sewing, mending and snack making. They received a certificate and some gifts as they now went back home
A new course will start in January or February 2012 – and there is much interest. For some of the girls that will be the only kind of formal education they have a chance to get.
On Oct 29th, the new convent of the Congregation in Ifetedo was officially opened and blessed. Bishop Gabriel of Oshogbo came, together with many priests and religious as well as about 250 parishioners from the main parish and the outstations. Even the recently elected traditional king participated in the blessing. Next to the convent is a school recently opened for now about 100 children, from pre-nursery to primary 3.
The building began last year. It is the third convent of the Congregation in Nigeria.
In Angel Guardian Home in Mgbele, we have additional children since the end of July. Three babies joined little Chidera who came at the end of June. Our sisters take loving care of them. One was rejected by the family, the others were sent to us via the Ministry after the police closed that infamous baby factory in Owerri.
On March 25th, our titular feast, seven of our postulants were admitted to the novitiate. Sisters Anthonia, Chizoba, Christiana, Dorcas, Felicia, Mayfred and Priscilla are now in their canonical year.
March 2011: The work on the site in Ifetedo is going on well. Besides the convent building, a poultry farm is being developed, and we hope to soon get some income from the eggs.
On March 1st, we accepted a new group of 5 aspirants who were made postulants on March 25th. They are from three different states and three language groups. Martha Mary, Ushang, Immaculata, Eugenia and Ngozi will now have classes and help in the ministries of the sisters, for one year.
February 2011: Life in the children’s home goes on. Except for Chidinma, all children can now go to school and love it. There are some new children which the Ministry sent us, among them Rita who is 15. Joann is facing her school leaving exams in April of 2011.
February 2011 brought an exiting event. We had the first chapter here in Nigeria as we are on the way to at least limited independence from our founding Province Germany. So all professed sisters assembled for a week in Garam. We worked with proposals that had been written, checked our directory and above all, did some future planning. We decided to stress our work in the schools and clinics, but also look towards establishing a school somewhere in an urban area in future.
This was a new experience for most of our sisters, and a good learning experience too.